Child care’s high cost — for all of us

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  • freedomforthepeople Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    It is so sad to me that 40 years ago our nation was a model where one breadwinner could support a family and kids had a parent at home to teach and train and nurture them. We had the highest "standard of living" in the world - we were the envy of others and our families were more solid.

    Women took the bait and left home for the workforce in the 70s not out of need, but out of social pressure to not be "just a housewife" and to use the education they spent thousands on. So our society evolved to where everything is more expensive because there are two incomes to pay for it. We created a new marketplace where the "necessities" demand two wage earners and we lost that amazing standard of living that was wonderful for kids.

    I grew up in a large family back east and we were frugal - no fast food or eating out, hanging our clothes on the line and turning off lights to save money - but my mom was home to raise us and we all learned to be self-sufficient. Sad where we have come to.

  • JMHO Southern, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    I know people make their own choices, but if childcare and commuting to work cost more than you make...why do it?

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    If people who can't afford kids didn't have them then there would be no kids. Only the rich, and the super poor can afford to have kids. The rich cus they are rich, and the poor because the government pays them to have kids out of wedlock. The middle class get caught in the middle again.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    If you can't afford kids, don't have them.

    And if you make the bad mistake to have them, don't look to anyone but yourself to take care of them.

    Your bad decisions shouldn't impact me.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 5, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    I don't buy things I can't afford.

    Why do people have children they can't take care of?

    It doesn't make sense.